2013 COMPETITION RULES
2013 Rule Changes For GMP or B/P
Fuel for 2013 will be: Methanol with no additives of any kind.
Choke and choke shaft may be removed and holes plugged.
.810 No Go for choke bore has been removed. It has been found
not to be 100% accurate.
All other engine tech rules for GMP or B/P will be the same as
Rookie or Beginner class
Will be: Engine Tech will be the same as BOX STOCK RULES.
Red restrictor plate .375 bore.
Gear Ratio 12-67
Maximum Tire Dia. 35” Both rear tires with 10lb max air
pressure. Pre or Post Race.
Right Rear tire must be mounted on a 10” with only.
ANY MAXXIS... MAXXIS ONLY. MUST RUN SLICKS
NO "GROOVED TIRES"
Kart competition is a sport and it is the intent of GMP to
provide fun, enjoyable and fair events suitable for the entire
family. GMP Promoter/Management is the governing body and
all decisions of GMP Promoter/Management are final.
The schedule and all updates/changes will be posted on the
GMP website .
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL CLASSES
The GULF COAST MOTOR SPORTS PARK will adhere to WKA
rules . Promoter/Management has final interpretation of all rules
REGULAR EVENT FEES
Driver and Kart –
Pit Passes are required for all admittance through the gate and
for each admittance (5 years and younger are free, unless they
are racing, but still required to sign-in and complete waiver
regardless of age).
Event fees are non-refundable once entry is made.
Kart Registration And Fee Required For Each Event.
SPECIAL EVENT FEES
GMP reserves the right to adjust/increase event fees for Special
Racing Events held throughout the season as indicated on the
schedule posted on the website.
CONDUCT AND APPEARANCE
Drivers competing in any event shall make it his/her duty to
present a neat appearance and to conduct themselves in a
responsible manner. Due to the number of minors present at
each event, inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
Excessive or repeated inappropriate behavior will result in
removal from the race/pit area and/or Championship points
penalties may be assessed. Inappropriate behavior includes but
is not limited to: foul/vulgar language/hand gestures, publicly
arguing with officials or other drivers/crew members, fighting,
drunkenness, etc. Drivers or team owners/parents (where driver
is a minor) are responsible for the conduct of their pit crew,
family and friends. Any driver who has consumed any alcohol or
tranquilizing drugs prior to or during any portion of the event on
the day of the event will not be allowed to compete.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED BY
PARTICIPANTS, CREW OR OFFICIALS AT ANY EVENT, AT THE
TRACK OR ON THE GMP PREMISES. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY
ENFORCED AT ALL TIMES.
INTENT TO DEFRAUD GMP AND OFFICIALS
Any driver or team owner/parent (where driver is a minor) who
would falsify the driver’s age or modify an engine with the
intent to compete illegally, or defraud GMP officials by such
modifications or actions, is subject to suspension and loss of
Series Championship points and awards or disqualification for
that event upon review of all evidence by GMP officials.
WE RECOGNIZE WKA RULES
Age Determination will be per WKA Rule Book with the
All Classes Welcome Per WKA Rules (Min 3 Karts Per Class)
Rookie Class (Beginner Driver With No Experience) ages 5 to 8,
8 year old can be moved up at the tracks discretion
Junior Sportsman I is age 7 to 10
Rookie drivers are drivers who have not previously competed in
kart racing. Since this first season is full of learning the ropes,
GMP institutes the following:
Rookie class will run blue clone motor or yellow clone motor,
no alterations except header with muffler and after market air
breather. Max RPM 3900, 14/ 67 gear (NO skip-tooth gears in the
Rookie Class), max air pressure 10 psi and max 35 inch tire
circumference. The right rear tire must be on a 10 inch wheel.
Billet rods are NOT allowed in the Rookie Class.
ROOKIE/Beginner, Blue or Yellow Clone Engine Tech Rules.
The below listed rules were added on Nov. 24, 2010.
All rules are the same as Senior Clone flat kart rules with the
1. Governor: Must be left in place and must be unaltered
from factory. Throttle pull arm may be fixed to accommodate
the throttle pull linkage on the go kart.
2. Factory Clone valve springs must be used unaltered with
a maximum free standing length of approximately 1.175” , wire
diameter is .071”, spring O.D .780”, and I.D is .635”.
3. Carburetor: Body of carburetor will be unaltered from
a. Jet: Any size high side jet may be used. Jet size is not
b. Butterfly: Butterfly screw and throttle shaft must remain
stock, no alterations.
c. Filter adaptor may be added.
d. Choke must be in place unaltered and functional.
e. Choke lever may or may not be in place, but choke must
f. Choke bore will be checked with .810” no go. Venturi will
be checked with .615” no go. Rear bore of carburetor will be
checked with .751” no go.
4. Flywheel: Factory flywheel only! Must be unaltered from
the factory. No drilling, grinding, or cutting on flywheel allowed.
Must be factory cooling fans unaltered with no cut down fins, or
5. Header with muffler allowed.
6. Pre Race or Post Race the maximum RPMs will be 3,900
checked with Track’s hand held TAC only!
These rules are for Engine Tech Only!
If you have any questions about these changes, please call
Ronald Parker 228-669-3324.
Rookie drivers will be classified as a rookie in their appropriate
respective class. Rookies will be required to identify
themselves to veteran drivers on the track by placing an "X" on
the back of their helmet (colored tape is appropriate) in a
contracting color to their helmet color. This will help veteran
drivers identify the rookies during their learning period.
All Rookie drivers will retain rookie status for the entire first
season that they compete. A first season constitutes running a
minimum of 3 races in one season.
Once a Rookie has completed their first season, they may not
claim rookie status in any other kart class at any time.
Rookie drivers will be required to demonstrate to GMP officials
that they have a basic understanding of track rules and
etiquette such as, but not limited to, the following:
o What each of the flags mean and what they should do when
they see the flags displayed
o How to start a race appropriately
o What to do if you are involved in a wreck or run off the track
o What to do if you experience kart problems while on the track
o How to leave the track safely during a race if necessary.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT/PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
Per WKA Rule Book. Highlights and additional rules:
Rib Protectors will be MANDATORY for Rookier Drivers and
Purple Plate and Blue Plate drivers. This rule is optional for
purple and blue plate champ karts.
Effective January 2009, ALL champ kart drivers will be required
to wear a fire resistant jacket and fire resistant pants. A fire
resistant jump-suit may also be worn.
Rib Protectors are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all other classes
Jacket made of leather, vinyl, or abrasion resistant nylon and
full length pants are required in flat kart classes.
ALL CLASSES WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR:
Neck brace, Gloves, Shoes and socks, Helmets with a minimum
Snell 2000 rating.
In champ karts, the harness must not be more three years old.
Any hair shoulder length and longer must be held securely
inside of helmet at all times. GULF COAST MOTORSPORTS
PARK will not be responsible and will not take into
consideration if your hair comes out of your helmet during any
race or practice.
MANDATORY driver’s meetings are held prior to each event at
the time specified on the schedule . All drivers and at least one
parent or guardian of minor drivers must attend the Driver’s
Meeting. There may be kid kart and rookie training sessions
held at the end of the driver’s meeting and attendance at these
training sessions is also mandatory for specified drivers.
Failure to attend a driver’s meeting will result in the absent
competitor starting at the end of the field for their feature race.
Competitor must participate in qualifying and heat races.
Generators must be turned off during Driver’s Meetings.
Flags per WKA – NOTE: When caution flag is displayed, the
whole track is immediately under caution. The race will revert
back to the last completed lap for single file restarting. No one
will race back to the finish line, you must slow down to a safe
speed and you must stay in your position at the time of the
caution to allow the Flagman to restart the race. RACING BACK
TO THE CAUTION FLAG OR PASSING A COMPETITOR DURING
A CAUTION FOR POSITION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND IS
CAUSE FOR OFFENDING DRIVER TO BE SENT TO THE REAR OF
THE FIELD OR DISQUALIFIED AS DETERMINE BY GMP
- GREEN FLAG: The green flag is used during practice and the
race to indicate that the track is clear. It is used to start a
race and to restart a race after a yellow or red flag.
- RED FLAG: The red flag indicates that all drivers are to stop
as quickly and sagely as possible at the point designated by
the race officials. Drivers may not race back to the
start/finish line. Disobeying the red flag will result in
immediate disqualification. The red flag will only be given
by Head Flagman/starter at the start/finish line.
- BLUE FLAG: The blue flag tells a driver that he or she is
being lapped and must yield the racing line to allow lapping
karts to pass. Failure to obey the blue flag will result in
- BLACK FLAG: A waving black flag tells a driver that he or
she must proceed immediately to officials. It can be used to
tell a driver that he or she has been disqualified due to an
on-track infraction such as bumping, pushing, blocking,
rough driving, or other unsafe or unsportsmanlike activity. If
it is for unsportsmanlike driving in group qualifying or a pre-
final, the driver will start at the rear of the next round of
competition. If it is in the final , the driver will receive zero
points for the race.A waving black flag can also be used to
tell a driver about unsafe equipment or safety apparel in
which case the driver will receive race points based on his
finishing position as shown by scoring. If the unsafe
condition can be repaired, the race official may allow the
driver to reenter the race. In all cases, failure to leave the
track immediately may result in suspension of membership
- WHITE FLAG: Indicates that one lap remains in the race.
The white flag is a courtesy flag and its use is not required.
- CHECKERED FLAG: The checkered flag is used in practice
to indicate that practice laps are over. When displayed in a
race it indicates that the race is complete, and drivers are
to proceed to pits or scale/impound area. If the white flag is
used, the checkered flag must follow the white flag. A red
or yellow flag cannot be displayed alone after the white
flag. They may be used with the checkered to indicate
caution on the track, and under these conditions, racing to
the checkered is prohibited. Waving checkered and black
flags indicate that the race is ending under conditions
subject to review and potential action by race officials.
- CROSSED FLAGS: Crossed flags indicate that the race is
- TWO ROLLED FLAGS: Two rolled flags indicate two laps
remain in a race.
A competitor must always be prepared for another competitor
to pass and must therefore be on the lookout for the approach
from behind of other, faster karts. The deliberate blocking of a
faster vehicle is cause for offending driver to be sent to the rear
of the field or disqualified as determined by GMP official.
Any foul driving, unnecessary bumping, crowding, chopping,
blocking or un-sportsmanlike conduct on the track is cause for
offending driver to be sent to the rear of the field, disqualified,
or suspended as determined by GMP official.
When two karts are entering a turn together, the kart that is
behind, whether it be an inch or several feet, is required to
negotiate the turn without endangering or impairing the
progress of the kart in front. Conversely, the kart in front should
not take a deliberate course for the reason of crowding a
following competitor off the track. If any component of the kart
becomes deranged so that, in the opinion of an GMP official, it
is unsafe or illegal, the kart will be removed from the track by
being black flagged. If in the opinion of GMP officials the defect
cannot be repaired properly, the kart will be retired from the
race. When the checkered flag is shown ending the race, all
karts will proceed to the scales for weight check.
DRIVERS CANNOT HAVE FOOD, DRINK OR ANYTHING ON
THEIR PERSON THAT WAS NOT THERE DURING THE RACE,
UNTIL WEIGHT CHECK IS COMPLETED.
In addition to pre-race inspection, all karts are subject to a
technical inspection after each race at the discretion of the
GMP officials. Any driver failing tech will receive NO Points–
this finish cannot be sued as a throwaway. A second offense
will result in driver receiving a 1-race suspension for the next
event held. A third offense will result in loss of all points for the
season and a suspension from the series for one calendar year.
Non-performance related DQ’s will be handled on an as per
basis at the discretion of GMP officials.
If you refuse Tech or do not report DIRECTLY to tech / scales
after feature event, then you will receive NO points for
respective event – this finish cannot be used as a throwaway,
and the loss of one throwaway for the season.
You will receive No points. This finish cannot be used as a
throwaway, and the loss of one throwaway for the season at
any event due to rough driving, unsportsmanlike conduct,
underweight, false start, and refusing or neglecting to be
weighed. (If you drive past the scales and go to your pit area
and then return your weight will not counted.
There will be no disposing of fuels or lubricants in the pit area
or on the track. Pouring or spilling such fuels or lubricants upon
the ground may be subject to expulsion from the pit area. No
open flames. There will be no reckless driving of karts in pit
area. The number of persons allowed in the pits will be
determined by race officials. GENERATORS MUST BE TURNED
OFF DURING DRIVERS MEETING.
ALL WKA CLASSES WITH WKA AGE AND WEIGHT WITH THE
EXCEPTION OF JR. SPORTSMAN 1
GMP Officials reserve the right to combine or divide classes
when kart count or driver experience warrant.
ANY MAXXIS... MAXXIS ONLY. MUST RUN SLICKS
NO "GROOVED TIRES"
You may run whatever gear set up you wish. With the exception
of rookie beginner class.
All protest must be submitted to the GMP Promoter within 10
minutes following the respective competition. The decisions of
the GMP Promoter/Official decision are final. Only a driver who
finishes in the winner’s circle can be subject to an engine
protest, which requires a TEARDOWN. The winner’s circle will
consist of the top 5 finishers in each class or as determined by
the GMP Promoter. Only a finisher within the winner’s circle
may protest an engine. For example, a 5th place finisher can
protest the 2nd place finisher. Anyone finishing 6th on back
cannot file an engine protest. The protester will provide a
protest fee of $100.00.
The points structure will be as follows:
*Points are awarded to the driver, not the kart or owner.
* If there is a driver change after registration, that driver/kart
will start on the rear of the next race, whether it be the heat or
* At the end of the point season each driver will have NO drop
race. (Changed as of March 1st, 2013)
Only regular gas may be used. All fuel must be purchased from
Lizana Quick Stop. (just up the hill on the right on 53 past the